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Video game developer to create 70 new Welsh jobs

Game developers Relentless Software are to open a new studio in Wales, creating 70 jobs.

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Brighton based Relentless, who is collaborating with Hasbro to develop multiple new projects, decided to base their work in Wales following Welsh Government funding support of £550,000.

We are so pleased by the Welsh Government backing our new studio in Wales. Without their support, we wouldn’t have been able to keep these new products in the UK, which was, of course, our preference. We are grateful, and also very pleased to be able to help grow the games community in Wales, and that the local talented workforce can obtain high quality development jobs here in Wales.

– Andrew Eades, Director of Relentless

This is a highly strategic project and a significant coup for the digital media sector in Wales. It will be Wales’ second major inward investment games development studio that will create 70 skilled jobs and attract £Ms of investment to Wales from a global entertainment company.

Wales has a growing international reputation as a centre for digital media and I am delighted that a global multinational name like Hasbro is investing in Wales and hope this will lead to further collaboration in the future.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister


Wales 'can do more' to protect children online

Wales 'can do more' to protect children online according to NSPCC Wales.

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The leading children's charity has called for the next Welsh Assembly to take a leading role in tackling abuse and advancing online safety.

They have today published several recommendations:

  • A comprehensive Online Safety Action Plan
  • The creation of an entirely independent Digital Advisory Group
  • Collaboration with social media providers
  • Online safety lessons for children
  • Ensuring online safety becomes a key part of the National Safeguarding Board for Wales
  • Ensuring adequate guidance for public service professionals on sexting and the law

We want better education for children in dealing with the often severe pitfalls of the internet and the creation of a digital advisory group to assist and support the decision makers.

The Social Services and Wellbeing Act brought a welcome focus on tackling abuse and neglect which we hope will deliver real progress – but there’s more to do.

Our country won’t have a comprehensive approach until it prioritises the internet and puts a clear and cross-cutting plan in place to make sure our children are safe and free from harm in the digital world.

On average, one in three internet users in Wales is a child and online abuse is an ever-evolving problem. We can fight it – and I hope every Assembly candidate backs our manifesto to fight for safer childhoods.

– Des Mannion, Head of NSPCC Wales


£26m to 'turn buildings into power stations'

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The Welsh Government's announced a £26m investment in the solar energy industry.

The cash, from the EU and Cardiff and Swansea Universities will be ploughed into research at the Port Talbot-based SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre.

It aims to transform ‘buildings into power stations’ by enabling them to generate, store and release their own solar energy.

By combining affordable solar generation, storage and release technologies into an integrated system we’re offering a realistic low-risk, low-cost solution to our energy challenges.

At scale, the ‘buildings as power stations’ concept could deliver a significant reduction in gas heating, a reduction in the stress on the electrical grid at peak times, and a cheap, renewable source of energy for building owners and occupiers.

– Kevin Bygate, CEO of SPECIFIC
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